CMT’s 48th Season is Revealed!

CMT had our amazing Preview Night on Saturday in the parking lot behind the rehearsal hall. Close to a thousand performers, parents, siblings, and other members of the CMT community showed up, had a cookout, watched live performances, and finally discovered which shows we’ll be featuring as part of CMT San Jose’s 48th season. CMT families started claiming their spots as early as 5 a.m. for our annual season reveal party.

This photo was taken just before noon, and the first chairs started appearing around 5 a.m.

This photo was taken just before noon, and chairs started showing up around 5 a.m.

Camp CMT session I campers started the evening with a fabulously choreographed performance of “Holding Out for a Hero,” followed by high-energy highlights from our three upcoming summer shows: Pinocchio, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and American Idiot.

We revealed the first-ever winner of the Miller Family Performance Scholarship, a $20,000 merit-based award for students who will be enrolled in a performing arts program in a college or university in the next year. Brent Miller presented the award on behalf of his family to a grateful and incredibly deserving Shawn Clifford. Congratulations, Shawn!

Finally, it was time for the big reveal of next year’s titles! Thanks to legendary visual effects artist Josh Miyaji, we shared some fantastic clue-filled trailers that kept the crowd guessing until the very end, and at times erupting in cheers.

Everyone's so happy about Rent!

Everyone’s so happy about ‘Rent’!

Thank you to everyone who participated! We’re so excited for what our 48th season has in store.

Posted by Amy Zimmerman

Why I’m seeing Jekyll & Hyde on Friday the 13th

I love Friday the 13th. When I was in high school, my friends and I used to “celebrate” by wearing all black for the day. I think we made the teachers and administrators a little nervous, but it was all in good fun; I spent my Friday nights roleplaying with my friends, not doing anything illegal or worshiping the devil.

But I loved spooky things, and I still do. At that age, my favorite movie was The Crow, and I had a giant poster of Brandon Lee in black and white face paint on my wall. On another wall, a poster of Death from The Sandman hung over my bed (though I hadn’t read the comics until much later). More recently, I loved Only Lovers Left Alive and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. (That roleplaying game I played as a teenager, by the way, was called “Vampire: The Masquerade.”) Last year for Halloween I dressed up as a unicorn, but the year before that I was Wednesday Addams. And I mailed my sister this card.

Friday the 13th

Me with friends on Friday the 13th, freshman or sophomore year

One of CMT’s performances of Jekyll & Hyde is falling on a Friday the 13th. What better way is there to spend this evening than by watching a horror musical about the dark side of humanity? I’ve invited some friends, and after the show we’re going to a Friday the 13th theme party. See you at the theater!

Posted by Amy Zimmerman

Cab Night is almost here!

I’m really looking forward to Cabaret Night! I joined CMT earlier this month so I’ve spent the last few weeks getting to know this awesome organization — and I already get to experience the night of the year! It’s really going to be special. The theme for this year’s Cab Night is “Heroes vs. Villains” and we’re going to see highlights from more than a dozen past CMT performances (including Les Misérables, Spamalot and Hairspray, which are some of my favorites). The menu looks amazing, and even includes an appetizing vegetarian option. The auction looks fun, too! We’ll have lots of great products and services up for bid.

We’ve all been collaborating on Cab Night. The performers have been rehearsing with the artistic team, volunteers have been in and out of the office putting together various aspects of the event, and the box office has been working hard selling tickets and answering questions. Our Cab Night co-chairs, Shelley Ballard and Kimberly Moore, are at the venue right now setting up, and we’ll have more rehearsals today and tomorrow. Soon we’ll see the fruits of our labor, and it’s really, really exciting.

I’m on Instagram as @cmtsj and if you feel like sharing your photos, be sure to tag it with #cabnite2015. See you there!

Posted by Amy Zimmerman